I miss my trusty spray can. Why? Because I can’t spray paint anything in the depths of the Canadian winter. It’s too cold to spray paint outside (the paint won’t set) and I don’t want to paint inside because it smells up the whole house. I know this because I tried spray painting in the basement once and the fumes were so strong, I’d practically be high after a two-minute run downstairs to get something.
Here is the latest addition to my silver collection:
This find is a good example of how you have to open your eyes at the thrift store, like I described in my how to be a thrift-shopping wizard tips. I had to stand back and really look for a moment, until my curiosity was peaked by this non-descript box, shoved to the back of the shelf behind a bunch of knick knacks.
I opened the box and found this delightfully shiny package.
The little bling-loving girl inside me gasped. Oh the sparkle! I’ve found treasure! For $4.99!
The stand didn’t even need any polishing at all. It was already all shiny and brand new. And I LOVE the big round handle at the top. It’s so elegant!
In case you’re curious, the bottom is not stamped, it just has a sticker on it.
Oh yes, my friend. I’ll be filling that stand up with treats for Christmas. Gingerbread cookies, butter tarts and shortbread cookies, oh my! Wanna come over? I’ll share!
First things first: Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends! I am thankful for ❤YOU❤.
Second thing second: For annie hearts email subscribers, I’ve been having some problems with my Feedburner for the past week or so (only realized it this morning). So those of you subscribed may be a bit behind on receiving them, unfortunately. Sorry about that. Hopefully the problem is fixed soon!
Back to the business at hand: My find this week is one I scored the same day I found the Follow your Heart canvas.
Do you know what it is? It’s not exactly obvious… It’s a carafe to fill with water and put on a nightstand! I’ve seen them in hotel rooms and, more recently, in John Legends beautiful master suite. (His home, featured in the March 2013 issue of Architectural Digest is one of my favourites, by the way. I’m in love with it!)
See the carafe there on his nightstand? Retro chic, isn’t it? I just love it. So when I saw my carafe for $3.99, I took that fella home. What can I say, I’m a cheap date. He was brand new, still all wrapped in plastic inside the box.
My plan is to use it on the nightstand when we have guests, which is important for our house because we’re on well water, so guests can’t exactly get water from the tap.
You might be wondering, But where do you put your guests when you have no walls on your second floor? Good question. We’ve made a little guest room area in our basement. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it serves in a pinch. Only for people who REALLY REALLY want to visit us. Like our parents, for example. And that just so happens to be who’s coming to visit this weekend. Guess who will have a carafe on her nightstand, Mom?
Also, you are very astute if you noticed our Christmas tree in the background of the last photo, sitting pretty and waiting patiently to be adorned (right in front of my home office, which is getting moved in a couple of weeks, so you’ll be hearing about that soon too—lots of changes coming!). We’re getting a jump start on Christmas weeks earlier than normal this year. It’s kind of nice to be prepared, actually, rather than running around like a lunatic trying to get it all done last minute.
Speaking of Christmastime, it’s very Christmas-y over here today. Yesterday, I woke up, opened the bedroom drapes and saw this:
Look at all those Canada Geese in the river! I think they missed the memo saying it was time to fly down south. I’m always amazed that they don’t freeze. Especially their tiny feet—it’s like a little miracle. That’s some feat (feet?) of engineering you’ve got there, Mr. Goose.
And look at the maple tree beside our house. It’s SO BEAUTIFUL.
Sometimes I can’t believe how lovely it is out here. I wish I could have you over for tea so you could see it for yourself!